PwC Herald Talks - The Future of Money

Thu 22 Mar

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156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

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Running Time: 7:00am - 9:00am

Venue Location

156 Armagh Street, Christchurch

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PwC Herald Talks - The Future of Money
Bitcoin, blockchain and beyond


PwC Herald Talks is back for 2018. Our first event of the year is coming up on Thursday 22nd March, from 7am – 9am at The Piano, Christchurch.

Explore the world of cryptocurrencies and the prospect of a cashless society as we look at the future of money.

Your ticket includes barista coffee and a stand-up networking breakfast. 

Event Format:

7:00am Registration & stand-up networking breakfast with barista coffee
7:35am MC Welcome
7:40am Keynote Speaker
8:00am Panel Discussion
8:30am Q&A
8:45am MC Wrap Up

9:00am End

The full line-up of panellists will be announced soon. Find out more at

Keynote Speaker

Aaron McDonald - CEO (+ Co-Founder), Centrality

Aaron is a 20 year tech industry veteran with experience leading teams across all aspects of a technology company. Aaron has held leadership positions in large technology companies managing portfolios over $1b in value across engineering and architecture, product management, product development, marketing and sales.

Aaron is Founder and CEO of blockchain technology company Centrality and CTO of Swiss Crypto Investment bank Blockhaus. 


Alex Sims – Associate Professor, University of Auckland (blockchain researcher & enthusiast)

Alex Sims is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland. She is a blockchain researcher and enthusiast and has presented on blockchain and cryptocurrencies to many organisations both in New Zealand and internationally.

In late 2016, Alex was part of a team awarded a grant by the Law Foundation on the legal regulation of digital currencies in New Zealand and Australia. As part of the Law Foundation project, Alex has looked at the possible introduction of a New Zealand central bank issued cryptocurrency and the form that such a cryptocurrency should take.

Zoe Wallis – Head of Transactions & Payments, Kiwibank

Zoe Wallis heads up the Transactions and Payments business at Kiwibank where she is responsible for overseeing the bank’s domestic payments solutions for customers including credit, debit and prepaid cards, as well as everyday banking.

Prior to this Zoe was the Chief Economist at Kiwibank where she headed up the economics team, producing forecasts and research for the NZ economy. Prior to joining Kiwibank, Zoe worked in a range of roles in the Financial Markets Department at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Rachel Paris - Founder, The Blockchain Boutique & former partner at Bell Gully

Rachel is a specialist financial services lawyer with a strong interest in blockchain technology and leads Bell Gully’s Fintech team. She advises financial institutions, private equity funds, corporates and blockchain businesses on a broad range of financing and capital markets transactions and regulatory issues. Rachel has been a partner at Bell Gully since 2009 and holds an LLM (International Finance) from Harvard Law School.

Background on PwC Herald Talks

PwC Herald Talks are a thought-provoking business networking series, now in its fourth year. We’ll continue to hit the road in 2018, with events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

PwC Herald Talks is designed to give you the knowledge, insights and strategies to grow and diversify in the ever-changing landscape of New Zealand business.

These networking breakfast events discuss current and upcoming trends in business, the future of money, man and machine, transformational conscious leadership, millennials moving up and the next generation moving in, and the experience economy.

Join us and key thought leaders to connect, share knowledge, and think about how to grow your business and remain relevant.

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